The mission of the St. Joseph County Great Start Collaborative is to engage the entire community to assure a coordinated system of services and resources to assist families in providing a great start for their children from birth through age five.

NIEER Blog Update: Implementation of Formative Assessments

In this blog, NIEER and CEELO Research Professor Shannon Riley-Ayers offers points for policy makers, teachers, and parents to consider on the implementation of formative assessments. The recommendations are based on a new CEELO report, which provides a guide and framework to early childhood policymakers considering formative assessment, outlining issues […]

May 14 – 15, 2014 Parents Partnering for Change Training for Parents

MI Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC) is offering Parents Partnering for Change* training to parents of children and youth with special health care needs. This curriculum was developed by the Parent Leadership in State Government (PLISG) initiative and is available to parents in Michigan who have […]

Budget Brief: House, Senate subcommittees approve Department of Human Services budget

Budget Briefs project is designed to keep citizens and advocates abreast of the latest budget developments that affect children, families and economically vulnerable people in Michigan. Appropriations subcommittees in both the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives have approved their versions of the Department of Human Services budget […]

What Makes Your Family Strong?

As part of the Strengthening Families Initiative, the Great Start Collaborative is recognizing parents, community members, and professionals for their dedication to building protective factors that make families strong.  The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is a national research-based initiative that aims to develop and enhance five […]

Multidisciplinary Child Protection Teams

An article from the March/April 2013 issue of Social Work Today highlights the child welfare social worker’s role on hospital-based multidisciplinary child protection teams. The emergency room is often the first entry point into child welfare for abused children in crisis, and these child protection teams—typically composed of individuals […]

Promoting Educational Success of Children in Foster Care

Positive educational experiences and academic success can mitigate the negative impact of child maltreatment and placement instability faced by children in foster care. Findings from multiple studies indicate that many children and youth in foster care are not succeeding in school compared to their peers, and that […]